Associate Professor of Theatre: Technical Direction and Lighting Design

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Emily E. Becher, Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and Dance Technical Director, received her MFA in Lighting Design from the University Arizona Tucson and holds a BA in Theatrical Design and Production from The University of Memphis.

Emily has designed on a regional, national and international level for several years for prestigious companies such as Liz Lerman Dance Company, Wolf Trap Opera Company (at the Filene Center Virginia, Nashville Underground Theatre Collective, Smithsonian Institute of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Ballet Appalachia, Houston Opera, Rutgers Theatre Company, Arizona Repertory Theatre Company, DanceSpan and many others. Emily served as the lighting designer for the First Americans Festival, the gala opening of theNational Museum of the American Indian and for the National World War II Reunion, both on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Upcoming projects include the gala reopening of the National Portrait Museum, a world premiere play for Nashville Underground, and an exciting collaboration with fellow faculty members Kate Trammel and Shane O'Hara at Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Previous to joining JMU School Theatre and Dance, Emily taught at American University and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. At JMU, she teaches Lighting Design, Performance Production, Introduction to Theatre and Sound Design.

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